On Shadows

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. ― Charles Dickens

A dark figure cast upon a surface by something intercepting the rays from a source of light

A partial darkness or obscurity

An imperfect and faint representation

An imitation or copy

A shaded or darker portion of a picture

The darkness following sunset

A state of obscurity

Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow… ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

A pervasive and dominant influence or presence

A remnant, an insignificant amount, an inferior focus

An area near an object

A darkened area of skin under the eye

An incipient growth of beard that makes the skin look darker

An inseparable companion or follower

A nearby or adjoining region

A reflected image

A source of gloom or unhappiness

A shelter for protection

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. ― Walt Whitman

Related words: phantom, dusk, umbra, shade, shadiness, blackness, dimness, gloom, murkiness, obscurity, somberness, cloudiness

Enjoy for a day journey with the shadows of Italy. Which are your favorites? Ciao!

Monterosso for a Late Lunch

Monterosso al Mare for a Late Lunch

Shining Church in Vernozza

Shining Church in Vernozza

Peeking through the shadows in Florence

Peeking through the shadows in Florence

A Sunny Day in San Gimignano

A Sunny Day in San Gimignano

Falling Shadows in San Gimignano

Falling Shadows in San Gimignano

In the Shadows of San Gimignano

In the Shadows of San Gimignano

Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano

Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano

A University Building in Pisa

A University Building in Pisa

Pisa at Dusk

Pisa at Dusk

Night falls in Lucca

Night Falls in Lucca on the Bascilica of San Frediano

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On Doors

First, some background music for today’s post; so if you desire, play and then scroll on to the post.

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Doors are a means of approach, admittance, or access

Doors are gateway marking an entrance or exit

Doors can be hinged, sliding, or a revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, vehicle, cupboard, or a piece of equipment

Doors describes a location as entry, bedroom, bathroom, patio, closet, front, side, back, shower, kitchen, office, garage, basement, cellar, barn, exterior, or interior

Doors can be double, sliding, revolving, folding, storm, swing, trap, hinged, reversible, Dutch, French, screen, paneled, fire, security, driver, passenger, pre-hung, single, or double

Doors can involve knobs, hinges, openers, knockers, bells, intercoms, bars, handles, chalk, weathering, frames, locks, deadbolts, latches, keys, springs, stops, peepholes, and more

Doors can be a hatch, gate, portal, gateway, doorway, or entry

Doors allow the possibility for accommodating change

Doors are a sign of life and death

Doors stand for accountability or blame

Doors can be a request to leave

Doors is a sign of a potential possibility

Enjoy a few doors from my recent trip to Italy. Any favorites?

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Inviting guests in Lucchio

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Devine entry

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Florence’s Duomo is inside

Up close of the Duomo's door

Upclose of the Duomo’s door

Enter to climb to the top of the Duomo

Enter to climb to the top of the Duomo

A panel on the bronze door of the Baptistery across from the Duomo

A panel on the bronze door of the Baptistery across from the Duomo

Enter San Gimignano

Enter San Gimignano

A door to a door in Pisa

A door to the unknown in Pisa

On Windows

Windows are openings in a wall of a structure as a building or vehicle.

Windows allow for the passing of air or light.

Windows can have frames, sashes, panes, or blocks.

Windows receive treatments as shades, blinds, curtains, drapes, and shutters.

Windows display merchandise.

Windows contain information on a computer screen.

Windows are a surgical opening.

Windows can be a range of electromagnetic wavelengths for which a medium is transparent.

Windows operate computers.

Windows are strips of metal foil dispersed in the air to obstruct radar detection.

Windows are an interval of time.

Windows are a means of learning.

As you can see windows can things, but they can be for enjoyment – as these from my recent trip to Italy indicate. Which is your favorite?

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The Collection

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Hinged Shutters

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Arches, Vines, and a Pillar

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Private and Mysterious

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Eyebrows and Flowers

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The iron balcony

The Iron Balcony

How Many?

How Many?